Amazing O.J. Simpson Fast Facts

(CNN)Here is a look at the life of former NFL star O.J. Simpson.

Personal:
Birth date:
July 9, 1947
Birth place: San Francisco, California
 
Birth name: Orenthal James Simpson
Father: Jimmie Lee Simpson, custodian and cook
 
Mother: Eunice Simpson, nurse’s aide
Marriages: Nicole (Brown) Simpson (February 2, 1985-1992, divorced); Marguerite (Whitley) Simpson (June 24, 1967-1979, divorced)
Children: with Nicole (Brown) Simpson: Justin (August 6, 1988); Sydney (October 17, 1985); with Marguerite (Whitley) Simpson: Aaren (September 24, 1977-August 18, 1979); Jason (April 21, 1970); Arnelle (December 4, 1968)
Education: City College of San Francisco (1965-1967); University of Southern California (1967-1969)
Other Facts:
Heisman Trophy
winner, Pro Football Hall of Fame member, former sports commentator and actor.
Timeline:
1968 Receives the Heisman Trophy at the New York Downtown Athletic Club.
1969-1977 Plays halfback for the Buffalo Bills.
1970 Voted college football player of the decade by ABC Sports.
1972-1976 Makes the NFL Pro Bowl team each year.
1974 – Appears in his first big budget film, “The Towering Inferno.”
1978-1979 – Plays halfback for the San Francisco 49ers.
1979-1986 – Sports commentator for ABC Sports.
1984-1985 Commentator for ABC Monday Night Football.
1985 Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
1988 – Appears in a supporting role in the film “Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!”
1991 – Appears in a supporting role in the film “The Naked Gun 2: The Smell of Fear.”
June 12, 1994 – Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson, 35, and Ronald Lyle Goldman, 25, are stabbed to death.
June 13, 1994 – Simpson is questioned by the LAPD for three hours and released.
June 16, 1994 Separate funerals are held for Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
June 17, 1994 – Simpson is charged with two counts of murder with special circumstances. He does not surrender and is declared a fugitive. A suicide letter is found shortly before Simpson is spotted riding in friend Al Cowlings’ white Ford Bronco. With Cowlings driving, they lead police on a 60-mile slow speed chase and end up at Simpson’s Brentwood mansion. At 8:51 p.m., Simpson surrenders to police at his home.
July 22, 1994 Arraignment – pleads not guilty.
November 3, 1994 – The jury is selected. It consists of four men and eight women: eight black, one Hispanic, one white, two of mixed race.
January 24, 1995 His criminal trial begins.
May 4, 1995 The Goldmans file a wrongful death suit against Simpson.
June 5, 1995 – In court, Simpson tries on the leather gloves connected to the case, and says they do not fit.
July 6, 1995 – The prosecution rests.
September 27, 1995 – Defense lawyer Johnnie Cochran reminds the jury about the glove, “If it doesn’t fit; you must acquit.”
September 29, 1995 The defense rests, and the case goes to the jury to reach a verdict.
October 3, 1995 The jury returns a not guilty verdict after less than four hours of deliberations in the criminal trial.
October 23, 1996 – Civil trial begins in a wrongful death suit brought against Simpson by the victims’ families. The Jury is made up of five men and seven women: nine whites, one Hispanic, one African American, and one person of mixed Asian and African descent.
November 22, 1996 Simpson, for the first time, testifies before a jury and denies the murder of his ex-wife and Ron Goldman.
December 20, 1996 Simpson is awarded custody of his children.
February 4, 1997 The jury finds Simpson liable in the civil wrongful death suit brought by the victims’ families and awards the plaintiffs $8.5 million in damages.
February 6, 1997 Testimony in the punitive phase of the civil trial begins.
February 10, 1997 Simpson is ordered to pay $25 million in punitive damages to the victims’ families.
March 26, 1997 The court orders Simpson to turn over his assets, including a set of golf clubs, his 1968 Heisman Trophy, and a Warhol painting.
November 20, 2006 – News Corp announces the cancellation of Simpson’s book and two part FOX TV interview, called “If I Did It.” The book was promoted as a hypothetical account of the murders.
March 13, 2007 – A California judge rules that the rights to Simpson’s book will be publicly auctioned so that Ron Goldman’s family can receive the future proceeds. The auction is canceled in early April 2007 when the holding company Lorraine Brook Associates declares bankruptcy.
June 15, 2007 A bankruptcy judge in Miami orders a new auction of the book rights to “If I Did It,” with all proceeds going to Fred Goldman, Ron Goldman’s father.
July 11, 2007 – The family of Nicole Brown Simpson files court papers in connection to the auction of the book rights to “If I Did It.” The Brown family believes it is entitled to 40% of any proceeds from the book, based on the $24.7 million civil judgment it won against O.J. Simpson.
July 30, 2007 A federal bankruptcy court awards Ron Goldman’s family 90% of the proceeds from the sale of the publishing rights to “If I Did It.” The rest will go to O.J. Simpson’s creditors.
September 16, 2007- Arrested in connection with a robbery at a Las Vegas hotel room on September 13, 2007. Simpson contends that he was retrieving personal items that had been stolen from him and were being sold as memorabilia. Police announce they have booked him on six counts of robbery, assault, burglary and conspiracy.
September 19, 2007 – Judge in Simpson burglary case sets bail at $125,000 and asks that Simpson turn over his passport and not talk to the people involved in the case.
November 14, 2007 Clark County Judge Joe M. Bonaventure rules that Simpson will stand trial on charges including kidnapping, robbery and assault with a deadly weapon in the September 13, 2007, incident at a Las Vegas hotel, which could send him to prison for up to life upon conviction.
November 28, 2007 Simpson pleads not guilty to charges of kidnapping, robbery and assault.
January 10, 2008 – Simpson is arrested in Florida and is to be extradited to Nevada for violating the terms of his bail by contacting person(s) involved in the trial.
January 16, 2008 Simpson’s bail is doubled after a judge finds he violated a court ruling. His bail is set at $250,000 and Simpson cannot leave Clark County jail until 15 percent of the bail is paid. Simpson is later released from jail after paying the full bail amount.
September 8, 2008 – Jury selection begins in Simpson’s trial.
September 15, 2008 Trial begins.
October 3, 2008 Simpson is found guilty on 12 counts, including kidnapping and armed robbery.
December 5, 2008 – Simpson is sentenced to up to 33 years in jail, but will be eligible for parole after nine years.
May 26, 2009 Attorneys for Simpson appeal Simpson’s 2008 conviction.
August 3, 2009 – Oral arguments begin with a three member panel of justices to hear Simpson’s request to post bond while his appeal is considered.
September 4, 2009 Nevada Supreme Court denies Simpson’s request to be let out of prison pending his appeal.
June 11, 2010 – A three justice panel of the Nevada Supreme Court hears arguments in Simpson’s appeal.
October 22, 2010 The Nevada Supreme Court upholds Simpson’s convictions for kidnapping with a deadly weapon and other charges in his 2008 Las Vegas armed robbery trial.
May 15, 2012 Simpson’s new attorney files a 94-page document with the Clark County District Court in Las Vegas claiming Simpson received poor legal representation and requesting Simpson be released from prison and granted a new trial.
November 21, 2012 – A documentary, “My Brother the Serial Killer,” claiming death row inmate Glen Rogers killed Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman, premieres on the Discovery channel.
March 20, 2013 Fox announces that it will develop an O.J. Simpson murder trial miniseries.
May 13, 2013 – Simpson appears in a Las Vegas courtroom, during a hearing on whether or not he will be granted a retrial.
May 15, 2013 – Simpson testifies that his former lawyer, Yale Galanter, advised him he could use some force to reclaim personal items from sports memorabilia dealers and didn’t accurately represent him.
November 26, 2013 – A judge upholds Simpson’s conviction on kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges.

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